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Remembering in America: Toward a Critical Dialogue
by Shanna Ketchum

Lita Fontaine - Sacred Feminine
by Amy Karlinsky

The Last Time I Saw Venice - Rebecca Belmore's Fountain
by Cathy Mattes

Renwick for Urban Shaman
by Loren Roberts

Feathers Float
by Jenny Fraser

Concepts of Native America
by Robert Houle

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'Remembering in America':  Toward a Critical Dialogue
by Shanna Ketchum

Remembering in AmericaContemporary artist HOCK E AYE VI  Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho) provides a critical context for analyzing both the individual and collective conscience of Native peoples living in the Americas. 

Lita Fontaine - Sacred Feminine
by Amy Karlinsky

Lita Fontaine - Sacred FeminineSacred Feminine, begins with the presence of Sky Woman. On one wall of the gallery Fontaine retells the story of Sky Woman grabbing at the tree roots from the hole in the sky and falling onto the back of turtle. Only muskrat, of all the animals, can successfully heed her request for soil in which to plant her roots. . .

The Last Time I Saw Venice - Rebecca Belmore's Fountain
by Cathy Mattes

The Last Time I Saw VeniceIn Rebecca Belmore’s installation Fountain, water fountains are utilized as a concept to compel emotional responses. However unlike commemorative water fountains that ostensibly represent prosperity, Belmore’s Fountain contains layers of personal and global meaning. It touches on the power of place, and our common needs as human beings. Taking from the local and moving into the global, it also acknowledges the hegemonic nature of globalization and the potential for violence over our most important natural resource, water.


Renwick for Urban Shaman
by Loren Roberts

Renwick for Urban ShamanWhen the Manitoba Metis Federation recently announced that it was going to actively pursue a settlement with various levels of governments, for land claims issues that stretch back some 140 years, the public reaction was hardly surprising, though perhaps no less tragic for that. Within days, both major local dailies in our city were flooded with letters to the editors, spouting the usual rhetoric about government handouts, perpetually unsatisfied special interest groups, and old (and therefore, the assumption seems to run, irrelevant) history.


Feathers Float
by Jenny Fraser

Feathers FloatFeathers Float is the name of an exhibition used to mark a gathering – between Lita Fontaine from Winnipeg, Jeff Chief from Saskatchewan, Paul Smith from Edmonton and myself, Jenny Fraser from Brisbane. We were all drawn together to spend time at Banff in Blackfoot country.


Concepts of Native America
by Robert Houle

The public artworks of Edgar Heap of Birds date back to the early 1980’s video presentation of “In Our Language” at Times Square, New York.  Perhaps the first text intervention by a Native American, “Tsistsistas”, Cheyenne, a linguistically appropriate name for his nation, could be read by New Yorkers.

 

 
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